Skip to comments.Noted scientist fears aliens ignored Earth because we’re too stupid
Posted on 06/01/2014 10:08:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
What do you get when you put one of the smartest people in the world astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson in the same room with MSNBC talker Chris Hayes? Answer: You get a lot of science interview questions, not all of which will be gems. But to their credit, they did manage to cover the one burning issue which awaits resolution where are the aliens, and why havent they contacted us?
Tyson may not know for sure, but he has a theory.
Astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil DeGrasse Tyson told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that while its audacious enough for human beings to say theyre capable of defining intelligence, he would still like to know if theres other intelligent beings in the universe.
My great fear is that weve in fact been visited by intelligent aliens, DeGrasse Tyson said to Hayes. But they chose not to make contact, on the conclusion that theres no sign of intelligent life on Earth. Hows that for measures of intelligence?
One reason its presumptuous for humans to act like theyre the arbiters of intelligence, DeGrasse Tyson said, is the possibility that planets much older than ours are already sending us messages in a format that, while basic to them, is incomprehensible by our current standards.
The idea that the first hint an extraterrestrial species will have of us is old I Love Lucy reruns is not a new one. But would a space-faring race really assume we are all that stupid? A quick inspection would show that we have manned and unmanned artificial satellites orbiting the planet. A modest visual survey would show cities, roads, and all manner of intelligent design. It just seems unlikely to me that aliens would ignore anyone who had not yet mastered the warp drive.
Ill suggest two other possibilities and you are free to add in your own.
First, assuming there are other intelligent species alive at this time in this galaxy, Im guessing there arent going to be that many of them. Given the number of stars in the Milky Way it would have to take many times the span of years that we have had an advanced civilization to search them all. So they may be out there and looking, but they just havent found us yet.
The second possibility I am sure is far more likely. At roughly the same time they invented their own warp drive, they also invented politics. In the ensuing squabbles, the budget for the warp drive was diverted, and they never got off the ground.
They clearly picked up the trace of Ostupido in the WH then.
Another idiot with a tv show. At least he knows his audience.....
The aliens must have been observing libtards. That’d explain it.
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He can’t believe in God but he can believe in crap like that?
We’ve bubbled to the top, no question. We have a clear understanding of our galactic and extra-galactic environment. As far as “contact” goes, it’s only our own galaxy that’s in play, but even there, the barriers of space and time are formidable. My opinion is that they are more than formidable, they are prohibitive, which makes the whole question moot. Maybe I’m wrong.
This guy’s cracked.
Look at the bright side, it's a better explanation than the alternative explanation - that they are still waiting on finishing the cookbook
That's historical documents.
I would hazard a guess that anyone that gets a doctorate in a science is a smart fellow.
But I would reserve an appellation like “One of the smartest guys in the world” for those of demonstrated superior abilities.. i.e., someone like Steven Hawking.
Our tv and radio emissions scatter, there would be not enough left to get any kind of recognizable signal by the time it gets to another star
We don’t taste good.
Not a fan of Tyson, but I’m pretty sure he was joking when he said that.
Like a lot of scientists he believes the only true knowledge is scientific knowledge. He has absolutely no use for theological, philosophical, or even conceptual knowledge unless it is an aid to scientific knowledge.
If there are leaps and bounds yet to be made in our understanding of the universe (e.g. the true nature of dark matter and dark energy, more about string theory, what strings are composed of, etc.) then our scientific knowledge may very well be a pittance compared to an alien civilization that has been around for thousands, or maybe millions, more years than ours.
But humans should get more credit than lots of scientists will allow for our theological, philosophical, and conceptual knowledge. In this regard we may not be far behind the most advanced alien species.
Oh and BTW, Tyson's an idiot.
BULL! The saw what happened to Klaatu, back in 1951, and have been shaking in their tentacle covers ever since.